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In tough times, love and support from the community helps ease despair

THEIR work is relentless – the police officers and first responders who arrive in the aftermath of disasters and violent crimes, trying to cope with the immediate trauma, and then spend months, sometimes years on the case.  They are exposed to horrors that rip apart families and cause a ripple of grief across the community – as witnessed in Camp ... Read More »

More than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, new report shows

MORE than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, part of a bleak snapshot in one of the wealthiest countries that the St Vincent de Paul Society says is setting the next generation up for failure. The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released on February 21 by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows one in six children ... Read More »

Toowoomba mum tells royal commission she was urged to abort disabled son

TOOWOOMBA mother Toni Mitchell fronted the Disability Royal Commission gripping the hand of her son Joshy, and explained how she had to justify her son’s life – even before he was born. “It’s highly likely that your son has Down syndrome,” Ms Mitchell was told by a medical staffer during a prenatal screening. “People were murmuring and I was still ... Read More »

Bundaberg church blaze has not stopped community spirit

FORMER Bundaberg parish priest Fr John Daly had been away on the day of the St Mary’s Church fire and returned in the afternoon and when he went to see the church, there was “no sign of anything”. “All the pews were just coals and the altar and the lectern, everything, there was no sign of furniture that existed there,” ... Read More »

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